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What is an Apprenticeship & How Does it Work?

Last updated February 1, 2024

Have you ever wondered what an apprenticeship is and what it can offer? We'll dive into what you need to know about apprenticeships, exploring their benefits and teaching you how to find exciting opportunities in various high-demand industries near you!

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a blend of education and career experience that allows someone to gain on-the-job training, paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a nationally recognized credential within their industry. Apprenticeships are common for the trades, such as carpentry, cosmetology, tech, and more. They’re great opportunities to learn, get paid, and earn crucial skills that can set you up for a successful career!

How do I find an apprenticeship? 

If you’re interested in becoming an apprentice, you can look for an opportunity near you through Apprenticeship Finder. You can also contact employers or program sponsors directly for more information about their apprenticeship opportunities.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships can open doors to hundreds of occupations, and are pathways to stable, well-paid, in-demand careers! The average starting wage for an apprentice is $15 per hour, but can increase as an apprentice spends more time on the job and gains more skills. 94% of people who complete their apprenticeships retain employment with an average starting salary of $70,000. Compared to peers who don’t complete an apprenticeship program, apprentice graduates earn $300,000 more over their lifetime.

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What are some jobs with apprenticeships? 

Here are a few examples of jobs that typically have apprenticeships: 

  • Boilermakers
  • Carpenters
  • Construction workers
  • Electricians
  • Elevator installers and repairers
  • Green energy specialists
  • Insulation workers
  • Ironworkers
  • IT Professionals
  • Masonry workers
  • Mechanics 
  • Medical and dental assistants 
  • Millwrights
  • Musical instrument repairers and tuners
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Teachers

Many of these trade jobs are important in everyday life and society, and are an excellent pathway if you enjoy hands-on work!

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